Who Am I?
An ordinary guy exploring extraordinary things in life. I lived in Malaysia for the past 35 years, 1 year in Berlin and God knows where I will be next. But I am always optimistic on my next journey. Just trying to spice up my life with different experiences be it at work or at play. I see myself as a visionary, a great thinker, an empire builder. I hope to live my childhood passion – trains and my adulthood interest – telecoms in the next 35 years.

Who is a “train master”?
A train master is basically the boss of a railroad terminal, typically a freight terminal. He is responsible for the smooth running of the terminal operations – safety, interchange between railroads, administrative and discipline of crew members (see more). It is a hectic job for one person. In my miniature railroad world (, I am the train master.

My blog “Trai-N-master” is cheeky play with the above role. I emphasized “N” since I model the 1:160 scale, which is also called N-scale (N stands for “neun” (German for “nine” or 9mm gauge). I have been planning my N-scale layout called Rosenberg-Meet, named after a location in Rosenberg, Texas, USA, for a few years but had not had a chance to build it. I hope to revisit this layout in the future (see blog

Why “trains”?

I always get this question – why trains? I felt in love with trains since I was a kid in Brickfields, a railway town just outskirt of Kuala Lumpur city. I grew up hearing trains passing by the main station and main freight and passenger yard which was just a stone throw away from my grandpa’s house (this yard is now KL Sentral). I love the sound of the engines chugging up and down the tracks, the sound of the horns and the clickety-clack of the tracks.

I hope to build my N-scale layout when I retire and enjoying railroad in the 21st century with my grandchildren.

Join me in this exciting journey.


2 thoughts on “Trai-N-master

  1. HI, Jimmy many thanks for writing back – I have found your site great – lots of detail on making the baseboards I am in the uk – and have been modelling for a number of years – LGB /RHB layout in the garden, but with age and the change to the weather am looking to build a layout in the loft /roof of the house – – Bemo HOm – the space is good 6 mtrs x2 mtrs – so I was very impressed with your baseboards – i am still at the planning stage at the moment – and looking at other peoples ideas of layouts – Jimmy it is nice to talk , ps try not to leave building your railway empire – until you retire – time is very short -/ and slips bye — you are doing a fantastic job – and I have enjoyed reading your journey best regards Dave

    • Hello Dave,
      Thanks for your comments and encouragement. I have decided to start building rather than just thinking and planning. The progress is kinda slow as I spend only Saturdays for my railway activities (building). In between, comes work and other personal commitments.

      If you have a blog or website, please share the link. I will be happy to add them to my list of links.

      You will find the following Bemo HOm layout interesting – I have pictures of this layout too. Check the same album in “Easter and Trains” post.

      Keep in touch.

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